Cleaning out clutter can be a tough task, especially if you have been letting it build up for a while. Instead of setting aside a huge block of time to take care of months’ or years’ worth of clutter, take baby steps by throwing away only one type of item a day. And by throwing away, I mean recycling, selling, donating, or — as the last resort — trashing. Here’s a list of 116 types of items that will take you about four months to dispose of:
The other side of a pair of lost earrings
Scraps of wrapping paper
Cards people have given you with no sentimental value
Receipts you don’t need
Socks with holes
Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
Hair accessories you don’t use
Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear
Extra photo prints
Little knickknacks (designate a bowl and fill it)
Kitchen things you don’t use
Cooking utensils you have two of
Scarves you never wear
Clothes that don’t fit
Gifts you don’t like
Old or unused hangers
Expired or sample-sized toiletries
Toys your pets don’t play with
Dried-up nail polish
Bills you don’t need to keep
DVDs you don’t watch
Snacks your pets don’t eat
Damaged clothing you can’t mend
Stained clothing you can’t clean
Old prom dresses
Scratched nonstick cookware
Old underwear or swimwear that’s losing its stretch
Stockings with runs
Pens that don’t work
Clothing you’ve outgrown
Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps
Cables and wires you don’t use
Worn-out sheets and bedding
Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products
Old mending buttons for clothing you no longer have
Worn-out bath mats
Purses you never use
Flatware, plates, and glasses that don’t match the rest of your collection, plus dingy children’s plates you no longer use
I am so happy the potatoes are close to being harvested. Our peppers are not quite ready. I will have to plan a trip to the local market for some fresh eggs, corn, and bell peppers. This recipe looks scrumptious! Enjoy!
I’m slowly coming out of my shell like so many around the world. Do you feel like you’ve lost direction? Need a purpose? A plan? Over the past year, I learned how to bake bread, grow a vegetable garden, sew homemade bags, de-clutter, etc, etc, etc.
One thing I have especially enjoyed are cooking videos and television shows. There are too many to name all in one blog post. I wish I was as creative and talented as the people in the videos, whether they had a few hundred subscribers or over one million there are always new and interesting things to learn.
I’m going to return to this blog by posting one of my favorite comfort foods by The Pioneer Woman. Hope you enjoy.
Mrs. Riley says that this recipe may be halved and baked in a 13″ x 9″ baking dish at 350° for 40 minutes or until bubbly. She also recommends fresh herbs (when in season) instead of dried. To avoid extra chopping, she sometimes steeps sprigs of fresh herbs in the milk as it comes to a boil (this takes about 10 minutes). She then removes the herbs from the hot milk, adds the grits, butter, and salt, and cooks the grits as directed before assembling the casserole.
Makes 14 to 18 servings.
8 cups milk, divided
1 tablespoon salt $
2 cups uncooked stone-ground white grits
1 cup unsalted butter
4 large eggs, lightly beaten $
2 teaspoons dried dill weed, thyme, or sage or a combination of the three (or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar, Gruyère, or Swiss cheese or a combination of the three, divided
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled $
Combine 6 cups milk and salt in a large, heavy saucepan; cook over medium-high heat just until milk starts to boil. Gradually whisk in grits and butter. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until thick, stirring often.
Preheat oven to 350°. Remove grits from heat; add remaining 2 cups milk, stirring to cool grits mixture. Stir in eggs, herbs, and 1 cup cheese. Pour grits mixture into a lightly greased 15″ x 10″ baking dish; top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle crumbled bacon on top of casserole; serve immediately.